OXFORD, Ohio - It is time for one of the Miami University women's basketball team's favorite games of the year as it hosts the fifth-annual Class at the Court contest on Tuesday. Wright State is the opponent for the special 1:30 p.m. tip. Tim Bray has the call it will be broadcast live on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.
CLASS AT THE COURT: Over 1,600 students from Bogan, Kramer and Marshall Elementary Schools out of the Talawanda School District will be in the stands for the fifth-annual Class at the Court game. The game is a major part of the Miami/Talwanda partnership that has been established between the University and the district. While plenty of schools host elementary events these days, what makes Miami's different is that it is just a small part of the work the women's basketball team puts in with the three schools year-round. Spearheaded by Head Coach Maria Fantanarosa, the team is a frequent visitor to the classrooms, passing along encouraging messages to the students. The team spent time at each school last week to get them pumped for the game and to talk about the Talwanda District's three focus areas of nutrition, physical activity and classroom environment (anti-bullying).
TEN POINTS AWAY FOR OLOWINSKI: Senior forward Kirsten Olowinski had 13 points in the win over Massachusetts on Saturday. That gives her 990 for her career. In front of the loud environment on Tuesday, she'll look to become the 21st player in school history to reach 1,000 career points. She already became the team's all-time leader in blocks when she recorded three against the Minutewomen on Saturday.
ABOUT THE RAIDERS: Wright State is 2-3 on the season. The Raiders have not played since they fell to then 23rd-ranked Dayton, 95-73 on Nov. 28. It was their second consecutive loss to a top-25 opponent as they dropped an 82-52 decision to 16th-ranked Ohio State on Nov. 25. Wright State is led by sophomore guard Kim Demmings. She is averaging 16.8 points per game. Another key player is junior guard KC Elkins. She averages 10.4 points per contest. The Raiders score an average of 66.4 points per game, but give up an average of 75.4 points per game.
SERIES WITH WRIGHT STATE: Miami has dominated the series with Wright State all-time, holding a 21-4 lead. The RedHawks have won five of the last six meetings with the Raiders, including a 70-63 victory in Oxford last season on Dec. 13. Courtney Osborn led Miami with 27 points on 10-for-21 shooting, and brought in seven rebounds.
MIAMI VS. HORIZON LEAGUE: The Horizon League is made up of nine schools in the same geographical footprint as the MAC. With so many of the schools located relatively close to Miami, the RedHawks will often schedule them for non-conference tilts. Miami is an impressive 45-7 all-time against Horizon League schools. In addition to the 21-4 record against Youngstown State, the RedHawks are 7-0 vs. Cleveland State, 3-2 vs. Detroit, 1-0 vs. Green Bay, 0-1 vs. Loyola, 1-1 vs. Milwaukee, 1-0 vs. UIC, 6-0 vs. Valparaiso and 5-3 vs. Youngstown State.
UP NEXT FOR THE REDHAWKS: Miami will play its next seven games away from Millett Hall, taking it all the way into Mid-American Conference play. The RedHawks will continue play against Horizon League opponents in their next contest, as they travel to Cleveland State on Saturday for a 2 p.m. game. Tim Bray will have the call and an audio broadcast can be heard on WMOH and on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.